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African American Museum and Library at Oakland

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

AAMLO's archival collection is a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area. The over 160 collections in the archives contain the diaries of prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations. Freedom's Journal, the Liberator, California Voice, Sun Reporter, Muhammed Speaks, and the Black Panther newspapers are available on microfilm. Using AAMLO's oral history collection researchers can listen to interviews with local civil rights activists, educators, writers, and musicians. AAMLO is home to the Eternal Voices video library containing more than 80 years of African American East Bay history and Susheel Bibb's Meet Mary Pleasant DVD (scholarly interviews, key issues and documents). The microfilm collection includes primary research information on African American enslavement, military service, California census records 1910-1930, Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association, W.E.B. Dubois, Benjamin Banneker, Mary Church Terrell, Paul Robeson and others.

Contact Information:

African American Museum and Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 637-0200

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Note : Recording is quite dark throughout. Additional Title : Collier Family Home Movies Description : Collier family home movie recorded on Christmas day 1952. Christmas tree [00:11], child playing [00:19], puppet playing [00:33], presents under Christmas tree [00:57], woman lighting cigarette [01:48]. Collection Guide : Collier Family Papers Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or...
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Additional Title : Collier Family Home Movies Description : Home movies recorded by Frank and Muriel Collier. Track meet 100 meters [00:15], 100 meter hurdles [00:23], long distance race [00:39], Pole vault [00:41], Long distance race [00:47], Race walkers [00:57], Javelin throw [01:13], Child standing at sink [01:24], Muriel Collier smoking a cigarette seated at window [01:37], Boy riding bicycle in subdivision [01:38], Girl walking on sidewalk [02:02] Collection Guide : Collier Family Papers...
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Additional Title : Collier Family Home Movies Description : Home movie recorded by U.S. airman Frank Collier while serving in the 19th Bombardment Group. Two U.S. Air Force bombers landing [00:01], U.S. airmen talking and laughing [00:57], U.S. airmen talking on tarmac [01:05], U.S. airmen exiting truck [01:10], U.S. airmen sitting on wings of bomber for group photograph [01:25] Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Collection Guide : Collier Family Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by...
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tapes. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Part 1 description: Silence [00:00]; J.B. Long, Blind Boy Fuller, and the dog song [00:05]; Women and blues lyrics, slave society [01:49]; Salvation in religion, resentment in his blues lyrics [05:15]; Giving up on religion [12:19]; J.B. Long, Blind Boy Fuller, and Old Red [15:43]; Song, "Me and my dog blues," blues lyrics [18:00]; Stopped using dirty lyrics in his songs [19:25]; "Love,...
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Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note : Unrelated content for first 40 seconds. Description : Tarea Hall Pittman birthday party held on January 30, 1953. Tarea Hall Pittman sings "My man" [1:08], Mansion C. Hall recites poem [3:53], Clarice Isaacs sings "I only have eyes for you" [5:53], Ike Fletcher sings "Are you lonesome tonight" [7:55], Mrs. James speech [9:36], John Dial tells joke about women workers during World War II [10:37], Clarice Isaacs sings "My devotion" [12:50], Josephine...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Note : Also from the original audio cassettes - Oral history interview with Byron Rumford Description : Oral history interview with Patricia Griffith Hamilton and Joseph Griffith III about the black community in Richmond, California. Part I: Birth and early years in Richmond, CA [00:18], Father's work as a roofer in the 1930s [02:40], Early years in North Richmond in the 1930s [04:48], Movie theaters in Richmond, CA [05:45], Joseph Griffith III's early years in Richmond [06:10], Bull chasing...
Topics: californialightandsound, Richmond (Calif.), Oral history
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note : Part 1 program begins at 00:00:50. Last 10 minutes of part 1 and all of part 2 are very grainy as on original tapes. Break-up and dropout throughout. Audio levels are recorded high and sometimes distorted in part 2. Description : Videotape footage of dance technique class taught by Ruth Beckford at Mills College in Oakland, California. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection Guide : Ruth Beckford Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African...
Topic: californialightandsound
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Description : Oral history interview with social worker and artist Frances Dunham Catlett discussing her family history, moving to the Bay Area in the 1940s, and her career as a social worker and artist. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
Topic: californialightandsound
Note : Unrelated content for first 40 seconds. Recording ends abruptly. Description : Christmas dinner at the house of William and Tarea Hall Pittman emceed by Clarice Isaacs. Guests in order of appearance: Negro in the News [0:00], Marcus Hall sings "Chloe" [1:23], C. Hall Mansion poem "What love is," [4:47], Tyrone Pickney sings "I can't begin to tell you" [6:14], Gloria Romaine speech [9:45], Ike Fletcher sings "Are you lonely tonight" [11:40],...
Topics: californialightandsound, Personal/independent works
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Description : Introduction [00:00]; Spelling of last name [00:24]; Start of printing business [00:39]; Arrival in Oakland in 1904 [01:00]; Learning the printing trade in the Oakland public schools [01:20]; Bridges Printing [01:50]; Original location of printing business on 13th St. and Willow St. [02:07]; No other employees initially [02:55]; Extending credit to customers [03:21]; Competition from other printers [03:52]; Advertising [04:30]; No business permits needed [05:32]; Opened business...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Living with the Almanac Singers in New York City [00:05]; Josh White [01:10]; Pete Seeger learning to play banjo [02:10]; Meeting Lead Belly in New York City and Washington D.C. [03:32]; Concert with Paul Robeson and recording at the Library of Congress [04:00]; Partnership with Sonny Terry [04:20]; Conversion with Lead Belly about being called a "nigger"...
Topics: californialightandsound, McGhee, Brownie
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Note : Digital breakup throughout, recorded in original tape. Description : Oral history interview with Dorothy Reid Pete discussing her family's history in the Bay Area and the racial integration of the Oakland YWCA. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
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Description : Oral history interview with noted businesswoman and club owner Esther Mabry discussing her childhood in Palestine, Texas, moving to Oakland, California during World War II, her restaurant and night club Esther's Orbit Room, and changes in West Oakland. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use...
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Note : Interviewee's microphone is occasionally muffled. Description : Activist and "mother of the Black Panthers" Ruth Villa discusses her childhood in Louisiana and her long association with members of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the...
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Note : Also from the original audio cassettes - Oral history interview with Patricia Griffith Hamilton and Joseph Griffith III about Richmond's black community Description : Oral history interview with Byron Rumford interviewed by Lawrence P. Crouchett. Part 1: FEPC [00:40], Introduction of National Guard bill [01:00], Introduction of FEPC bill [01:47], Writing the FEPC bill [02:16], Problems introducing FEPC [02:36], Support of labor and NAACP for FEPC [04:36], Gov. Pat Brown [05:08], C.L....
Topics: californialightandsound, Rumford, Byron, Crouchett, Lawrence P.
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note : Part 2 is silent from 00:03:35 to 00:05:57. Description : Part 1: Talking about recording [00:19]; Birth and family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama [00:42]; Move to Oakland in 1920s [01:49]; Courtship of wife in Pensacola, Florida [02:31]; Schooling in Atlanta, Georgia [05:50]; Lost voice and hearing during World War I [06:30]; Reason for moving to Bay Area [07:07]; Return from World War I and stops drinking coffee [07:55]; Marriage returning after the war and teaching in Florida [08:50];...
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Description : Syndicated cartoonist Morrie Turner discusses his childhood in Oakland and Berkeley, California and inspiration for his cartoon Wee Pals. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
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Description : Oral history interview with former baseball player Harold Weathy Turley discussing his family history in Paso Robles, California and his experiences as a baseball player on integrated baseball teams in California in the 1930s. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written...
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Moving as a child, jukebox [00:15]; Dancehall in house, bootlegging, Police chief Jim Broyles raid [02:11]; Bootlegging case dismissed by judge [06:00]; Judge convinces him to leave town [07:50]; Moves to North Carolina, New York [08:35]; Police confiscate his car because of bootlegging [10:38]; Travels to West Virginia to play music in the coal fields [15:15];...
Topics: californialightandsound, McGhee, Brownie
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note : Recording ends abruptly. Description : 1954 Christmas dinner at the home of William and Tarea Hall Pittman emceed by Tarea Hall Pittman. Tarea Hall Pittman emcee [00:01], William Pittman speech [00:41], Mansion C. Hall recites poem "Do you have any tobacco" [3:17], Eugenia Hall speech [2:15], Sam Davis speech [3:00], Clarice Isaacs sings "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" [5:11], George Towns speech [7:05], Beverly Logwood speech [7:25], Ike Fletcher sings...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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Note : Dark until 00:18:00 then contrast changes, as on original tape. Description : Oral history interview with Samuel Lewis Golden discussing his family history, his attempts to integrate the Oakland fire department during the 1950s, and his experience as Oakland's first Black fire chief. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond...
Topic: californialightandsound
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Begins abruptly. Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Les Paul and Mary Ford [00:07]; First time in Chicago [02:36]; Father as a songwriter and musician [03:00]; Father leaves for work [04:02]; Brownie goes to Kingsport, Tennessee and begins selling liquor [05:20]; Recuperation after polio operation [05:50]; Father shoots wife [06:01]; Father released from prison and return home [07:50]; Learns to play father's guitar in...
Topics: californialightandsound, McGhee, Brownie
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Josh White, New York City in the 1940s [00:05]; Meeting with Duke Ellington at the Apollo Theater, learning to perform live [03:45]; Performing at clubs in Brooklyn, conflict with club owner [06:36]; Joining musician's union Local 802 [08:32]; J.B. Long and Blind Boy Fuller No. 2 [13:27]; Turning down offer to perform with the Ray-O-Vacs at the Apollo Theater...
Topics: californialightandsound, McGhee, Brownie
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Description : Interview with journalist Hollie West. West worked as a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, the Associated Press' San Francisco Bureau, and the Washington Post. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Copyright holder has given African American Museum & Library at Oakland permission to...
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Description : Oral history interview with educator Josephine Bynum Dukes discussing her early life growing up in Mississippi, her father's work as a minister in the Methodist church, and her career as a teacher. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
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Description : Oral history interview with nurse and historian Alice Royal recounting her family's long history in California, growing up in Allensworth, California, and her experiences as a black nurse. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
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Description : Politician and activist Maudelle Shirek. Shirek discusses her childhood and family's history in Arkansas, and her political career and activism in Berkeley. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some...
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Description : Interview with television news anchor Dennis Richmond. Richmond covered San Francisco Bay Area news for KTVU for over 30 years as a nightly news anchor. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Copyright holder has given African...
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Description : At the time of the fire, Lamont Ewell was Fire Chief for the City of Oakland. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Brownie performing song "Good morning blues" [00:09]; Discussing unnamed pianist [06:03]; Discussing his Martin guitar [07:40]; Record labels he recorded on in 1940s-1950s [08:20]; Stories about recording in studio [09:48]; Poor quality of recordings [13:46]; Working for the Mafia [14:05]; "Baseball boogie" royalties [16:49]; Race music labels...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description : Recording of Rev. F.D. Mossbach leading Shady Grove Baptist Church (Duluth, Miss.) mid-week prayer service [00:01]; 1956 NAACP Berkeley Youth Chapter meeting [12:10]; De Fremery Recreation Center (Oakland, Calif.) program offerings: Tarea Hall Pittman opening [12:10], Willie Steel summer playground program [12:57], Edward Howard club programs [15:12], Phyllis Wooten charm classes [16:40], Ruth Beckford dance program [18:03], Nora Devereaux annual water show Aqua Rhythm Rhapsody...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Piano playing [00:06]; Singing negro national anthem, "Lift every voice and sing" [08:44]; Father's claim that Columbus did not discovery America [10:55]; Father's cursing [11:42]; Father's claim that most Black folk songs are not Black [12:06]; Discusses song, "Careless love," old brothel ballad [12:57]; Discusses song, "Easter parade"...
Topics: californialightandsound, McGhee, Brownie
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Description : Interview with newspaper columnist and broadcast journalist Valena Williams. She worked as a news analyst for WTAM (NBC), a station manager for KQED, and was a lecturer in journalism at the University of California Berkeley. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard...
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Description : Loraine Cady Rickmond, founder of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Links, discusses her early life and family in Osewayo, Pennsylvania, her husband's experience as the first African American physician at Herrick Hospital, and her memories as a concert pianist. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by...
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Description : Birth in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands [00:00]; Move to California in 1922 [00:55]; Life in San Francisco [01:12]; West Indians in San Francisco [01:39]; Ambition to become an artist and musician [02:18]; Marriage to Mr. Cummings and children [03:17]; Social life in San Francisco [3:37]; Cosmo debutante ball and Cricket Club [04:21]; Early West Indians in San Francisco [5:25]; Mrs. LaSalle, ancestor of Mr. Lasartemay, and the Cochran family [06:45]; Pharmacist Dr. McLean [07:56];...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Introduction [00:00]; Residence in Los Angeles, California [00:33]; Father's employment as Baptist missionary minister in Los Angeles, California [01:23]; Children in family [02:35]; Jobs for African Americans in Oakland [03:03]; Meeting and courtship with Felix Beckford [04:18]; Felix Beckford working as a taxicab driver in San Francisco, California [05:00]; Salary as a taxicab driver [07:03]; Felix Beckford work as a car polisher in Oakland known as "Felix the Cat"...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is low overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with Austin Long Scott. In 1961, Austin Scott became the first African American full-time reporter hired by The Associated Press. He was based in Sacramento covering the California Legislature for three years, then in 1964 the Associated Press moved him to New York City. He covered the Harlem riots that year, and then reported on similar urban uprisings in city after...
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Description : Oral history interview with educator Audrey Gibson Robinson discussing her family's history in California, her memories of growing up in Oakland, her experience as a teacher and docent. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
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by Beckford, Ruth
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Introduction [00:09]; Born at 6th and Jefferson [00:22]; St. John's / Augustine Church [00:52]; Joining the St. John Church [01:21]; Moved around with family and returned to Oakland [02:27]; Stream trains on 7th St. [3:16]; Worked in building at 14th and Clay as an elevator operator [03:32]; Took Oakland fire department examination in 1919 [04:56]; Firemen's working hours [05:30]; Firefighting platoons [06:18]; Firemen's pay [06:32]; Engine #3 at 8th and Willow...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Beckford, Ruth
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Joining the San-O-Bar Club [00:33]; Social and dancing club [01:20]; Theme of club formals [01:38]; New Year's Breakfast Dance [02:02]; Ben Watkins and Arnold [?] Baranco performing at club dances [02:50]; Spelling and meaning of San-O-Bar [03:40]; Dances held in Oakland in Berkeley [04:44]; 300 members in club [05:22]; Club organized in 1927 by E.D. Gray [06:26]; Club's leadership: Vivian Marsh, Fox Barrett [?], Julia [-], William Rich, Luther Hudson, Richard...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Sister working for family [00:00]; Sister moves to live with mother in New York [00:33]; Brownie's alley [01:08]; Graduation from high school [01:32]; Participation in church activities, religious schooling [02:27]; Leaves the Baptist church [06:50]; Fulbright program and polio surgery [07:48]; Brownie and brother move in with aunt in 1929 [09:36]; Mother's death [10:41]; Living...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Educator activist Oscar Carl Wright recounts his childhood growing up the child of sharecroppers in Coahoma County, Mississippi, attending Alcorn State University, and his advocacy for education equality for black students in the Oakland Unified School District. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by...
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Description : Part 1: Testing [00:00]; Beginnings in sports as a baseball and basketball player [00:12]; Naming of sports column as "Here It "˜Tis" [01:50]; Writing for California Voice and opportunity to meet sport celebrities [02:15]; Meeting Jackie Robinson [03:07]; Frank Robinson playing at McClymonds High School [03:57]; African American prize fighters in Oakland [05:14]; San Pablo Park Baseball League [08:25]; Oakland baseball players [10:21]; Pitcher Arthur "˜Kelly'...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description : Arrives with family in Oakland in 1913 [00:00]; Attending Prescott School [00:34]; Working as a dining car dishwasher for the Southern Pacific Railroad [01:35]; Working in express business in Alameda for Sylvester Hackett [02:05]; Wages working for Southern Pacific Railroad [03:21]; Hired on San Francisco waterfront during 1919 Strike [04:12]; Experience working as wench driver on San Francisco waterfront [05:37]; Danger traveling from docks to Ferry Building during 1919 Strike...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : At the time of the fire, Henry and Leileni Cotten lived on Tunnel Road, Henry worked for an insurance company, and Leileni was co-owner of a pre-school. When the fire started, Leileni was home while Henry was away from home and heard of the fire on television. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : In part 1, audio levels lower at 00:09:20. Left channel remains low through all parts. Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; First records, Recording with Sonny Terry for Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress [00:05];Paul Robeson asks him to perform at concert [02:22]; Paul Robeson introduces him on stage at Riverside Theater [04:24]; Millard Lampell invites him to come to New York City [08:59];...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Buzz in audio throughout, as on original tape. Ends abruptly. Description : Interview with journalist Nancy Hicks Maynard. In 1967, she started at the Washington Post and was the only black woman covering news. She moved to on to work at the New York Times where she was the first black woman reporter and covered many civil rights stories at universities. In 1983, she and her husband, Bob Maynard, purchased the Oakland Tribune, becoming the first Black owners of a major metropolitan...
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Description : African American filmmaker Allen Willis recounts his childhood in Washington D.C., his involvement with socialist and civil rights movements, and his accomplishments as a filmmaker. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition,...
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Description : Tuskegee airman Garnett Quinn discusses his childhood in Oakland and Berkeley, his training as a Tuskegee airman, and his business career as a civil engineer and real estate agent in Stockton, California. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
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Description : Oral history interview with Rev. Herbert Guice, minister of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and he discusses his experiences as a Baptist minister and long-time champion for housing, education, and civil rights for African Americans in the Bay Area. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use...
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Description : Arrival in Oakland in 1907 [00:01]; Social conditions and employment of African Americans in Oakland [00:24]; Jobs for African Americans in San Francisco [02:58]; San Francisco Strike of 1917 [03:30]; Working for Pacific Mail Company [05:20]; Joining the Dining Car Cooks' and Waiters' Union in 1936 [06:18]; Anderson's affiliations with labor and housing organizations [07:50]; Lifetime membership in the NAACP [09:20]; Disadvantages African Americans faced in Oakland [09:54];...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Introduction [00:00]; First acquaintance with Y.M.C.A. in the 1920s [00:25]; Y.M.C.A. moved from Market St. to 8th and Filbert St. / Linden St. [01:21]; Hiring first full-time director Richard Smith [02:20]; Joining Y.M.C.A. staff in 1937 as part of federal program [03:05]; Y.M.C.A. programs and participants [06:29]; Richard Smith [09:25]; Hardship among African Americans during the Great Depression [10:30]; Y.M.C.A programs during the Great Depression [11:35]; Facing job...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise, hiss, and low levels as on original tapes. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Sonny Terry in Finian's Rainbow [00:09]; Goes into business with Horace Holmes, H & M Studios, Atomic Records [02:00]; Joins Alert Records, BM Studios [05:20]; Recording on Savoy Records [12:40]; Home of the Blues studio, teaching the blues [13:40]; Alert Records and blues scene in Harlem and Brooklyn [22:30]; Discovers Erskine Hawkins in...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description : Testing [00:00]; Amy Jacques Garvey [00:13]; Appeal of the U.N.I.A. [02:04]; Meeting and parade of U.N.I.A at Madison Square Garden in 1921 [02:53]; Black Cross Nurses [03:03]; Amy Jacques Garvey and two children [04:00]; Admiration for Marcus Garvey [05:17] Collection Guide : Ruth Beckford Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tapes. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; The Gateway Singers, father's advice on segregation [00:08]; Playing with white musicians in the South in the 1930s [01:25]; Brownie's Alley [03:27]; WNYC radio show [05:39]; Lead Belly, Josh White [08:07]; Alan Lomax, music brings people together [11:42]; His father, childhood, corporal punishment and obedience of children [13:52]; Father's aphorisms,...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is low overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with reporter Ben Williams. He was the first African American reporter at the San Francisco Examiner when he was hired in 1962. When he was hired in 1966 by KPIX Channel 5, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, he was the first black reporter to be hired as a television news reporter in the Bay Area. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C....
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Beckford, Ruth
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Description : Part 1: Testing [00:00]; Introduction [00:08]; Early life and arrival in Oakland, California in 1929 [00:25]; American Legion [01:26]; Appointed head of Boy Scout troop [03:18]; Participation of parents in Boy Scouts [03:25]; Infomart at Oakland Auditorium [04:05]; First aid and Red Cross instructor [05:00]; Red Cross and CCC [05:39]; Teaching first aid at Camp San Pablo Dam [06:02]; Camp Minnewawa in San Diego [06:28]; Spike Camp [07:15]; First time using first aid when son broke...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is low overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with veteran news anchor and reporter Belva Davis. Belva Davis was hired to replace television news anchor Nancy Reynolds, on KPIX-TV, San Francisco's CBS affiliate, making her the first female African American television reporter on the West Coast. Davis hosted and helped to create "All Together Now", one of the country's first prime-time public affairs...
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Note : End of Part 2 becomes nearly inaudible from 00:28:00 to end. Description : Working for Dr. T. E. Shumate's drugstore [00:00]; Dr. T. E. Shumate hiring African Americans [02:04]; Shumate's influence on San Francisco mayor James Rolfe [03:04]; Taking case of champagne to mayor Rolfe [03:55]; Dr. T. E. Shumate and Butler come to defense of Jewish customer harassed by police officer [05:53]; Third Baptist Church in San Francisco [09:00]; Art [11:12]; Letter from California Historical Society...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Introduction [00:27]; Born in house at 714 Pine St. Oakland, California [00:49]; Born on May 26, 1876 [02:48]; Living in San Francisco [03:16]; Mother sends her to Red Bluff to live with grandfather, John Scott [03:40]; Moves to Stockton, California [04:20]; Grandmother brought to Sacramento, California as a slave [04:44]; Grandmother came to California around the horn [06:15]; Grandmother would not talk about slavery [07:11]; Grandmother named mother after sister...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is slightly low and distorted overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with Mary Ellen Butler, a reporter and editor for the Oakland Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, she was a reporter for the Washington Star, the Oakland Post and the Berkeley Daily Gazette. Butler received a Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C. where she wrote speeches, press releases and...
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Description : At the time of the fire, Don Hopkins lived on Amito Drive and worked as District Administrator for Congressman Ronald Dellums. When the fire started, he was at home. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Audio levels are low as on original tape. Description : Interview with reporter Al Harvin, who after getting his start working for the Associated Press during the 1965 Los Angeles riots went on to work for the New York Times for over 25 years. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Copyright...
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Description : At the time of the fire, Chuck Johnson lived at the Parkwoods Apartments on Caldecott Lane and owned Soulbeat, a local cable television station. When the fire started, he was driving away from his home, but quickly returned. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : At the time of the fire, Ida and Percy Williams lived at the Parkwoods Apartments on Caldecott Lane, and both were retired. When the fire started, they were both in Reno on a trip. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : At the time of the fire, Deanna Taylor lived at the Parkwoods Apartments on Caldecott Lane and worked for PG&E. When the fire started, she was at home. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the...
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Description : At the time of the fire, Warren Widener lived on Ocean View and worked for a foundation. When the fire started, he was at church with his family. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
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Description : At the time of the fire, Anna Bush-Hardin lived on Tunnel Road and owned a beauty salon. When the fire started, she was at home. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Beckford, Ruth
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Introduction [00:12]; Start as a barber in Oakland, California [00:25]; Attended Moler Barber College in Oakland in 1934-1936 [00:59]; Apprenticed and purchased barbershop [01:54]; Changes in barbers' equipment [04:25]; Requirements to become a barber [05:49]; Cost of a haircut and shave during the 1920s-1930s [06:49]; Class preferences for shaves [08:15]; Barber poles and medical services provided by barbers [09:10]; Barbers known as "˜tonsorial artists'...
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Note : Interview ends at 00:24:49. Description : Clicking noises and testing [00:00]; Creation of the St. Augustine Church of Oakland, California [00:29]; Early buildings and services [03:04]; Church fundraising bazaar [04:46]; St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church of San Francisco [06:44]; Church guilds and men's club [09:33]; Function of the altar guild [11:10]; Fathers Wallace, Lewis Austin Baskerville, Richard Young, and Earl Neal [12:00]; Fiftieth anniversary celebration [13:25]; St. Augustine...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : At the time of the fire, George, Bonnie, and Angel Abrams lived on Romany Road, George was a banker, Bonnie was an X-ray technician, and Angel was in grade school. When the fire started, Bonnie and Angel were driving home from church and George was at work. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is slightly low and distorted overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with journalist Jerri Lange, a popular television personality throughout the Bay Area, who has worked as a television host for several San Francisco stations including KGO, KQED and KBHK. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted....
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Moved from Louisiana to Oakland, marriage and buying first home [00:25]; North Oakland Baptist Church [01:12]; Pastors of North Oakland Baptist Church [01:43]; Growth of North Oakland Baptist Church [03:45]; First meeting and establishment of the North Oakland Baptist Church [04:11]; Pastors of North Oakland Church of Christ [05:59]; Church fundraising events [07:03]; Fourth of July picnics at Pinehurst [08:15]; Church mortgage burning and history book [08:57];...
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Note : Occasional glitches throughout, recorded on tape. Description : At the time of the fire, James and Barbara Coleman lived at the Parkwoods Apartments on Caldecott Lane, James worked for the San Mateo County Juvenile Hall, and Barbara was a mortgage banker. When the fire started, James and Barbara were both at home. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Interviewee audio levels vary. Description : Interview with reporter and professor Robert Terrell. Terrell was a reporter for the New York Post during the turbulent black power movement and later became a professor at California State University East Bay. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the...
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